Isaac Stephanus

Roger Ferguson

Senior Minister


Our Senior Minister is Roger Ferguson. Roger is a graduate of Central Christian College in Missouri with a B.A. degree in Bible. He has done follow up studies in Cultural Anthropology, Family Counseling and Church Growth. He has been in full time ministry since 1974. Upon receiving his ordination he began working in the Chicago area as an evangelist for the Chicago District Evangelizing Association and as Pastor of the First Christian Church in Lansing, Illinois.

In 1980 he began his ministry with Clifton Christian Church and is still serving us today nearly 35 years later. Roger believes the answer to mankind’s needs is a genuine following of the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Apostles as found in the Bible. He strives to teach and preach these eternal truths with clarity and conviction. He is gifted in encouraging others to follow Jesus in a real life sort of way.

Roger’s beautiful wife is Mary, who for 23 years worked for Mesa County Department of Social Services. They have three grown children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Roger enjoys golf, traveling and just a good conversation with friends about what the Lord is doing in our lives.

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Don Mechem

Associate Minister/Involvement


I spent my early childhood in Iowa, moved to Minnesota while a teenager, completed High School in Owatonna, MN and graduated with a BTh degree from Crossroads College. After marrying Linda McAliley, we spent two years in youth ministry at the Stilwell, OK Christian Church before entering missionary work in Zambia. We spent fifteen years in a church planting ministry in Zambia then moved to Malawi for another five years. Due to voice problems, we left the foreign mission field and joined Turkish World Outreach in Grand Junction, Colorado where we served for twenty years. Ten of those years I served as Field Director which involved recruiting and sending church planters into the Turkic world. Upon retirement from TWO, I joined the staff of Clifton Christian Church where I serve as an Associate (Minister Involvement). Linda and I have two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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Terry Leathermon

Associate Minister/Worship Leader


I was born here in Grand Junction, Colorado. After moving to several different cities and several different states, my family moved to Scottsbluff , Nebraska where I finished my High School Degree from Gering Christian Academy and then my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible and Ministry from Platte Valley Bible College (now Summit Christian College).

I got to marry the girl of my dreams, Jori in 1999 and I still can’t believe how lucky I am. Jori and I have 3 amazing kids, Chandler, Sawyer, (aka Bean), and Brier. It has been such a blessing for them to be home schooled for the past 2 years.

Jori and I moved to Grand Junction to work as the Associate Minister/Worship here at Clifton Christian Church in 2001. During that time I have had the opportunity to oversee the Praise and Music program, preach many times, work with small groups, lead teams in short-term missions, and serve as a coach to the community groups.

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Isaac Stephanus

Youth Minister


I’ve always been a Colorado boy, born in Rifle and living all over the Western Slope and Front Range until ultimately landing in Palisade. Though I rebelled and wrestled with God for a while, I was eventually overwhelmed by His love and gave my life to Him in 2005 – He hasn’t stopped working on me since.

I met my loving, beautiful, God-fearing wife, Hannah, while working at the Chik-fil-a in Grand Junction, and we were married June 5, 2010 – praise the Lord! – right after my freshmen year of college. Hannah then moved with me to a little town called Gering, Nebraska – a flatland with beautiful sunsets and funny smells – where I was enrolled at Summit Christian College. I graduated in 2013 and served as youth minister for two years in Alliance, Nebraska, before God called us back home to Clifton Christian in 2015.

In that time, God has continued to use and bless us. We adopted our beautiful baby girl, Cora Rae, and have invested our lives into discipling those God has entrusted to us. He has taught and continues to teach us how to disciple through relationships, leading people to Jesus who’ve never known Him before, and equipping the church to do the same – even teenagers! The truth is our God transcends cultural and generational divides by the power and truth of His love and grace; we’re just blessed to be a part of it.

Vicki Shiftlet

Vicki Shiftlet

Children’s Director


I grew up attending here at Clifton Christian Church and was raised just a few blocks down the road. I graduated from Central High School 1990 and then went on to Mesa State College, but did not finish. I am married with three girls and we are an extremely active family. Our girls are all graduated now and we have two grand babies.  I was asked in May 2008 to come on staff to help with the children’s programming making sure there were classes on the weekends and a midweek program.  Also that I could attend church camp in the summer and have vacation bible school. This little job for a mom who was just going to come on board to help out a little has grown into a full blown ministry position. It has been very rewarding in many ways and I have learned so much. I love our children here at Clifton Christian Church and have watched many of them move on to be in ministries of their own. I started back on my college journey in 2010 and graduated with my bachelors degree in psychology in May 2018. I pray God has many more years of ministry for me here at CCC.


Meet Our Office Staff

  • Jackie Stephanus – Office
  • Marie Moreland – Office
  • Jackie Feaster – Food & Clothing Director
  • Phillip Ferguson– Janitor
  • Micah Jones – Nursery Director

Meet Our Elders

  • Mike Bowman
  • Robert Distel
  • Jeff Graebing
  • Bob Harper
  • Brant Harrison
  • Steve Kautzsch
  • Doyle Koehn
  • Larry Leathermon
  • Eric Nordenson
  • Kurtis Weeks

Lifetime Elders

  • Max Altenbern

Meet Our Deacons

Deacons serve the church in many roles. Following is a list of some of those ministries. Serve communion to home shut-ins, communion and offering’s during church services, church security, building maintenance, grounds maintenance, special events setup, van transportation to and from church, helping people move and relocate, and many others. We as a church body are blessed to have such services available to us and also the dedication of these men.

The following is a list of 2018 Deacons:

  • Clay Altenbern
  • Gerald Best
  • Larry Blossom
  • Jim Conner
  • Charles Dewey
  • Paul Ha
  • Joel Henderson
  • Dave Hernandez
  • Michael Koehn
  • Casey Mehl
  • Taylor Moreland
  • Terry Moreland
  • Ryan Page
  • Conrad Phillips
  • Doug Smith
  • Skip Stahly

Meet Our Deaconesses

Deaconesses serve an important and vital role in our church. They have many ministries and following are some of them; Baby Gifts, Baptistery, Christmas Angel, Christmas Luncheon, Discovery Class Refreshments & Lunch, Worship Center Weekly Flowers, Funeral Dinners, Kitchen Upkeep, Ladies Night Out, Pregnancy Center Baby Shower, Thanks giving Dinner, and many others.

We as a church are fortunate to have this dedication available for us.

Following is a list of the 2018 Deaconesses.

  • Irene Bowman
  • Gwyn Burke
  • Carol Chaffin
  • Sharon Colony
  • Sandy Derryberry
  • Delora Dewey
  • Linda Edwards
  • Carol Franklin
  • Debbie Gaurmer
  • Irene Green
  • Jacque Harper
  • Linda Mechem
  • Jody Newton
  • Robin Read
  • Marry Rowland
  • Helen Sheley
  • Patty Simpson
  • Anna Smith
  • Amanda Sparks
  • Cheryl Stahly
  • Connie Wieberg
  • Beth Winter

Lifetime Deaconesses

  • Nancy Grdner
  • Bonnie Newton